Good Day! I hope everyone is having a good week. An Amish Christmas Kitchen by Kate Lloyd, Jan Drexler and Leslie Gould comes out on September 3 along with Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay. Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron releases on September 10 with Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook. There are many delightful new books coming out in September. I, once again, overbooked myself. I wish there was a way to read by osmosis (hand on kindle while I sleep).
Assailants, Asphalt and Alibis by Tonya Kappes takes us back to Normal, Kentucky. Mae West is hosting her monthly get-together at Happy Trails Campground which gives the townspeople and campground residents an opportunity to mingle. Around the campfire, Mason Cavanaugh, a treasure hunter, begins telling the story of John Swift and his lost treasure. It is the weekend for the annual Legend of John Swift Excursion and Mayor MacKenzie has obtained grants to pave the trails to the Swift mine. After hearing about the treasure hunt, Abby, Mary Elizabeth, Agnes Queenie and Mae decide to take part. The following morning, they hook up Mae’s camper and head to The Furnace passing protestors of the paving along the way. The next day, the ladies are following the clues in John Swift’s journal when Mason tumbles off a rock ledge into the lake clutching Mary Elizabeth’s missing peals in his dead hand. Unable to call for help nor depart, Agnes deputizes herself and dives into the investigation. Did the John Swift curse strike again or did one of the treasure hunters eliminate the competition? Mae and the ladies need to work quickly before another victim drops at their feet.
Assailants, Asphalt and Alibis is eighth A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery. It can easily be read on its own, but I have enjoyed following Mae’s journey from the beginning. It allows readers to watch her grow, find friends, and help develop the campground. Tonya Kappes has an engaging writing style that draws the reader into the book and holds their attention. Her writing reminds me of chatting with an old friend. A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery series has quirky characters with small town charm. We also get to learn more about the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. Mae West, Abby Fawn, Queenie French, Agnes Swift and Mary Elizabeth Moberly head out in Mae’s camper for a weekend of treasure hunting. They have three different maps along with John Swift’s original journals to help them with the hunt. Mary Elizabeth provided several laugh-out-loud moments especially when she discovers the camping location has no electricity, no running water and no cell service. The proper Mary Elizabeth may get dirty this weekend and Mae is curious to see her without her pearls. The mystery fits with the theme and length of the book. There is clever misdirection and good clues. While I wish it had been more of a challenge to solve this whodunit, it was fun to follow the ladies as they dig into the case. When one of the characters keeps cursing upon learning that Mason is dead, Agnes makes him quit by threatening to tell his grandma. Only in a small town would this threat work. One of my favorite scenes is when Mae is wearing her sparkly shoes, she clicks the heels together and says, “There’s no place like home.” I got a kick out of this Wizard of Oz reference. The ending will leave you with a smile on your face. There are RV Hacks and recipes from the book at the end. Assailants, Asphalt and Alibis is a lighthearted, humorous tale with a treacherous treasure hunt, pavement protestors, dangerous desperados, pilfered pearls and one cozy camper.
Assailants, Asphalt and Alibis can be purchased on Amazon (Amazon UK) For a complete list of the stories in A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery series click here (Amazon UK) All eight books are available through Kindle Unlimited. Thank you for joining me today. I will share my review of The Dark Side by Danielle Steel (Amazon UK) tomorrow. I hope you have a happy day. Take care and Happy Reading!
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